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Brendan Rodgers lauds "world class" Emre Can

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Emre Can has come to the fore for Liverpool in recent weeks
Emre Can has come to the fore for Liverpool in recent weeks

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his German starlet Emre Can is on course to join the elite of world football after his latest sparkling display against Burnley on Wednesday night.

Can has played in each of Liverpool's last 18 matches and has impressed with his versatility in a number of positions, with Rodgers claiming the youngster hailed as possible successor to Steven Gerrard is heading towards greatness.

“He is an incredible player,” stated Rodgers of the German after his side's 2-0 win against Burnley.

“I look at him and I think you give him another couple of years and he could play in any team in world football -- that’s how highly I rate him.

“He has played in midfield, he has played wide, he’s played as one of three central defenders and he is on he way to becoming a world class talent.

“He is still young and adapting to the British game and his performance was exceptional. A total footballer can play anywhere on the field and he is so quick and strong.

“He breaks through lines with his power and pace and he has got great composure. He is settling into the game in this country very well. You can see the response by the crowd, they love him.

“He does the dirty work as well, he doesn’t just play and look nice; he presses the ball really well, he is aggressive. He was wonderful again in this game.”

Rodgers believes Liverpool are well placed to push for a top four finish after a thrilling revival in form, as they sit two points behind Manchester United with ten games left to play.

“We’ve put ourselves in a very good position, but there’s still a lot of work to go,” added Rodgers.

“Over the last three months the games have been coming thick and fast, but the players have stood up to that.

“They have achieved the objectives that we wanted to. Now we arrive with ten league games to go and it’s a period of the season that we’re going to really look forward to.

“We are playing at a good level, but we will not get carried away with it. I felt we were very, very good in this game. 

“The team organisation is very good, we are performing well. You can see the excitement we are creating when we go forward and it is not being helped by our pitch, which is not the best.

"We need to do something about the pitch because we need a better pitch if we are going to play the game we are playing.”